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    Players to Target (04/13/16)

    By Mark Dankenbring
    Bargain Players to Target by Position



    When creating a lineup, there are always solid options to select at the top of each position pool. Whether it be Buster Posey at catcher or Jose Altuve at second base, they are far ahead of the pack when it comes to consistent productivity. In order to separate yourself from the group of players who also choose the top options, it's key to pair these selections with successful bargain plays. Below you'll find players in each category that can serve as fillers when selecting top players in the league for other spots. Criteria for selection requires a salary at or below of $3,500 on DraftKings and $2,900 on FanDuel*.

    Catcher

    1. Russell Martin ($3,500 DK, $2,700 FD)

    Martin has had a rough start to 2016, but he picked up a hit in Sunday's game against Boston, and looks to build on that momentum against the Yankees and Boston once again. Even though Martin has been moved down in the order, Toronto has an awfully deep lineup and will undoubtedly have success around him for Martin build off of. Look for Russell to break out of his early season slump and put up some numbers at home against the Yankees and on the road against pitchers in Boston that he just faced last week.

    2. Francisco Cervelli ($3,200 DK, $2,600 FD)

    Don't expect the long ball out of Cervelli, but if you're looking for hits at the catcher position, this is your guy. He sits smack dab in the middle of the Pirates lineup, with speed and power all around him, which are great for scoring runs and RBI production. Cervelli will spend the next five games at home, with the latter three against a weak pitching staff in Milwaukee. He's been off to a torrid start, hitting .455. Expect that to decline a little, but not drastically over the next week. Cervelli will be a nice addition to any lineup.

    First Base

    1. Ryan Howard ($3,300 DK, $2,400 FD)

    It's been a pretty steady decline for Howard over the last couple seasons, but he's started off this year with a couple promising home runs. Don't expect him to pile up hits, but Howard still has the capability to pop one or two balls every game. The Phillies have turned him into strictly a platoon player, which will likely increase his average and production. They just started a 10-game home-stand, so look for Howard to have success at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park over the next week. Be sure to check the probable opposing pitcher each night, as he will most likely not get a start against lefties.

    Second Base

    1. Cesar Hernandez ($3,000 DK, $2,300)

    Hernandez has started 2016 in impressive fashion. He's hitting .474 to open the year, and even though he's not a strong power threat, hitting toward the top of the order with decent speed can result in stolen bases and runs scored. Hernandez is a switch hitter, meaning he's relatively matchup proof, and has a higher career average against right handers, which he'll face more often that left handers. Ride the hot hand and stick with Hernandez.

    2. Brock Holt ($3,500 DK, $2,900 FD)

    The ultra-utility option in Brock Holt fits himself nicely into most lineups. He'll appear at 3B as well on DraftKings, but FanDuel limits him to 2B. Holt is another player on this list who comes into Wednesday scorching hot. Four of his seven hits to start the season have been for extra bases, including two for home runs (which matches his total from last year). Holt's versatility allows him to be in the Red Sox lineup nearly every night and can help your team with his speed, extra base hits, and potential power streak. Look for him to stay in Boston's lineup and remain hot at home over the next week.

    Third Base

    1. Adonis Garcia ($3,100 DK, $2,200 FD)

    Garcia went into Tuesday's game hitting .316 with a home run and 5 walks (as many as he had in 2015) after a week's worth of games. Garcia will face off against a not-so-scary Tanner Roark on Thursday, as well as the lefty Wei-Yin Chen on Friday. Garcia has a lifetime average of .311 against lefties along with 5 HRs in only 61 at bats. Garcia has also occupied the clean-up spot in Atlanta's lineup, which puts him in prime position to pick up some RBIs over the next few games and help Atlanta put one in the win column.

    2. Yunel Escobar ($3,500 DK, $2,900 FD)

    Escobar looks poised to have a solid week of production. He faces off against southpaws in his next two games, Eric Surkamp tonight and Tommy Milone on Friday. Both games take place on the road in Oakland and Minnesota, where Escobar will have plenty of space for gappers. Escobar comes into this week as a career .289 hitter against LHPs with a near even strikeout to walk ratio. Look for him to stack up some extra base hits this week and be a valuable piece in your lineup.

    Shortstop

    1. Elvis Andrus ($3,500 DK, $2,600 FD)

    Andrus has had a solid start to 2016, going 7-24 in the first week of games. He'll be able to rack up some points from hits, but also brings a speed element that can provide you with much needed bonus points. So far he's 0 for 3 on stolen base attempts, but is likely to turn that around in the Rangers home series against the Orioles this weekend. Don't expect anything too spectacular, but Andrus will bring a solid presence to your lineup as a bargain play.

    2. Didi Gregorius ($3,200 DK, $2,700 FD)

    Gregorius is definitely a punt play when it comes to fantasy. He's an average hitter but has favorable splits hitting against righties, hitting 25 points higher in his career against them as opposed to southpaws. Gregorius is more than capable of flipping a ball into the short porch at Yankee Stadium, so target him this weekend when they return home against Seattle. He shouldn't be a staple in your lineup, but when you need a filler at the shortstop position, trust Gregorius to have a positive impact on your squad.

    Outfielders

    1. Nomar Mazara ($3,000 DK, $2,700 FD)

    With Shin-Soo Choo heading to the DL, the door has swung open for Mazara. He's sitting pretty in the number two hole, and through two games has six hits in 13 at bats. There isn't much background to assess other than his extremely hot start, so ride this streak and use him if you need to. He'll also be playing in his first games at home in Arlington this weekend, where left-handed hitters have good success.

    2. Marcell Ozuna ($3,500 DK, $2,900 FD)

    Ozuna has had a tough start to the season, so get him while he's low. Ozuna heads home this weekend to take on the anemic Braves, where he can heat up and get back on track. He hit a home run Monday against the Mets, so maybe that's the jump-start Ozuna needs. Also, Ozuna has a frustrating .188 average on batted balls in play, so look for that number to increase as he continues to make solid contact. Look for him to turn around his poor start, and if you need an OF spot filled, lean towards Ozuna.

    *Prices reflect 04/12 and may vary slightly from day-to-day.
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